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How Americans Across the Country Celebrate Memorial Day

May 26, 2014
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How Americans Across the Country Celebrate Memorial Day
Area veterans participate in the annual Memorial Day Parade in Fairfield, Connecticut. Spencer Platt/Getty Images
Leesa Philippon of West Hartford, Connecticut, decorates the grave site of her son, U.S. Marine Corps Lance Corporal Lawrence Robert Philippon who was killed in 2005 during Operation Iraqi Freedom, at the Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia. Alex Wong/Getty Images
Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey (C) along with members of the Joint Chiefs of Staff onstage at the 25th National Memorial Day Concert at the U.S. Capitol, West Lawn in Washington, DC. Paul Morigi/Getty Images for Capitol Concerts
Area veterans participate in the annual Memorial Day Parade in Fairfield, Connecticut. Spencer Platt/Getty Images
Members of the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment, 'The Old Guard,' place flags at grave sites during the 'Flags-In' ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia.
Members of the military unfurl an American flag during a wreath laying ceremony at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum in New York City. Eric Thayer/Getty Images
Children in period costume wait for the start the annual Memorial Day Parade in Fairfield, Connecticut. Spencer Platt/Getty Images
A look at how citizens are paying tribute to fallen service members today.

Our country first began celebrating Memorial Day, then known as Decoration Day, after the Civil War to pay tribute to the conflict’s fallen warriors. Today, it’s an annual federal holiday that serves as a remembrance for the many service members who’ve given their lives in defense of America. Here, NationSwell presents a look at how families across the country are honoring fallen soldiers on this Memorial Day.

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